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Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from High-Risk
Rabies Countries
June 16, 2021

Location: Country-wide

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced a temporary suspension for dogs imported from countries the CDC considers high risk for canine (dog) rabies, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This suspension also applies to dogs arriving from countries NOT at high risk if the dogs have been in any high-risk country during the previous 6 months. The policy is effective July 14, 2021. We are unaware at this time how long this suspension will last.

Please note that these rules apply to all dogs, including puppies, service animals, and emotional support dogs. These rules apply whether you are (1) just visiting the United States with your dog, (2) importing dogs into the United States, or (3) traveling out of the United States and returning with your dog after a temporary visit, such as a vacation or holiday. If you do not follow these rules, your dog may not be allowed to enter the United States.

For more information, including how to apply for a dog import permit, please visit the CDC website here.

For Assistance Contact:

U.S. Embassy Riyadh

Abdullah Ibn Hudhafah As Sahmi Street Roundabout no. 9, Diplomatic Quarter Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: (966) (11) 835-4000

Fax: (966) (11) 488-7670


U.S. Consulate General Jeddah

Al Safa Street, Al Muhammadiyah District, near the new American School building

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: (966) (12) 220-5000

Fax: (966) (12) 220-5093


U.S. Consulate General Dhahran

Between KFUPM and King Abdulaziz Airbase, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: (966) (13) 330-3200

Fax: (966) (13) 330-6816


State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Saudi Arabia Country Information

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